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February 26, 2014

INNER WEST LIGHT RAIL EXTENSION ANOTHER STEP CLOSER

Minister for Transport media release 

GETTING ON WITH THE JOB: INNER WEST LIGHT RAIL EXTENSION ANOTHER STEP CLOSER

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced the nine new Inner West Light Rail Extension stops were completed, the tracks and infrastructure ready, and testing of vehicles was now underway.

The $176 million Inner West Light Rail Extension will connect to the existing light rail service, which operates from Central to Lilyfield, and will run along the former Rozelle freight rail corridor, through the inner west to Dulwich Hill.

“Extending the existing light rail service in the inner west from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill was a key election commitment of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government and today I’m pleased to say the nine new stops are completed and testing of the new-look vehicles is underway,” Ms Berejiklian said today.

“This is an important public transport link and we are getting on with the job of building crucial public transport infrastructure for customers across this state.

“The NSW Government is very proud this project is being delivered on time and on budget – something which never occurred under Labor.”

Ms Berejiklian said each of the nine brand new light rail stops was undergoing finishing touches, and will feature a range of safety and accessibility features such as passenger information displays, platform shelters and seating, lighting, emergency help points, CCTV, wayfinding signage and a level crossing between platforms.

Ms Berejiklian said vehicle testing will continue in coming weeks before passenger services begin next month, pending the outcome of the tests.

“Testing of Sydney’s new-look light rail vehicle fleet on the Inner West Light Rail Extension has been underway over the last week, and that will continue as the project team prepares the new network and vehicles for service,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Most of the testing to date has been done at night between Lilyfield and Dulwich Hill, after the passenger services on the existing line have stopped, however daytime testing on the new network is now also underway.

Inner West Light Rail Fast Facts

  • The project includes nine new light rail stops: Leichhardt North, Hawthorne, Marion, Taverners Hill, Lewisham West, Waratah Mills, Arlington, Dulwich Grove and Dulwich Hill.
  • In May 2012, John Holland Pty Ltd was awarded the major design and construction contract for delivery of the project. Early works began in June 2012, and major construction started in November 2012.

The light rail vehicle fleet:

  • In August 2012, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles was engaged to supply and maintain six new and four leased light rail vehicles.
  • In October 2013, the NSW Government ordered an additional six new light rail vehicles from the same supplier.
  • The new and leased vehicles will allow the existing fleet, in operation since the service started, to be retired over time.
  • Four leased vehicles are now undergoing testing.
  • Two of the 12 new light rail vehicles are undergoing testing, with the remaining new vehicles to arrive progressively over the next 18 months.
  • The testing is a co-ordinated effort involving the Transport for NSW project team, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, and the operators and maintainers of the existing light rail service Transdev Sydney.

The project includes:

  • over 18,650 sleepers installed along the length of the corridor
  • over 1,300 tonnes of rail laid along the corridor
  • over 11 kilometres of overhead wiring installed
  • over 15 kilometres of optic fibre cabling
  • over 5.5 kilometres of galvanised steel troughing installed
  • over 28,000 tonnes of ballast installed
  • over 2,700 cubic metres of concrete poured
  • 45 real-time passenger information displays and 45 help points installed across the new and existing stops.